The Week That Will Be

The Week That Will Be

By Cody M. Poplin
Monday, January 11, 2016, 12:35 AM

Event Announcements (More details on the Events Calendar)

Monday, January 11th at 9 am: The Wilson Center will host a forum on Japan-South Korea Relations and Prospects for a U.S. Role in Historical Reconciliation in East Asia. The two-panel conference will tackle the prospects for a new framework to assess historical legacies and challenges and opportunities to enhance trilateral cooperation. For a full list of speakers and panelists, and to RSVP, visit the event announcement.

Monday, January 11th at 12 pm: At the Atlantic Council, Mallory Stewart, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Emerging Security Challenges and Defense Policy, will deliver a keynote address on Space Weapons and the Risk of Nuclear Exchange. Following Stewart's address, Lucien Crowder will moderate a conversation with Nancy Gallagher, Joan Freese, and Gaurav Kampani. Bharath Gopalaswamy will provide introductory remarks. RSVP.

Monday, January 11th at 3 pm: The New America Foundation will host Karan Greenberg, Thomas B. Wilner, and Andy Worthington for a discussion on Guantanamo Bay: Year 14. Peter Bergen will moderate the discussion. Register to attend here.

Wednesday, January 13th at 9 am: The House Committee on Foreign Affairs will hear testimony on the U.S. Response to North Korea's Nuclear Provocations. Dr. Victor Cha and Bruce Klinger will provide testimony. See more information on the committee's website.

Thursday, January 14th at 1:15 pm: At the Brookings Institution, the Hutchins Center on Fiscal and Monetary Policy will explore the future of distributed ledger technology in an event entitled Beyond Bitcoin: The Future of Blockchain and Disruptive Financial Technologies. David Wessel will provide opening remarks before appearing on a panel with Michael Barr, Brad Peterson, and Barry Silbert. Register here.

Employment Announcements (More details on the Job Board)


Education: Law Degree

Application Deadline: January 20th, 2016

Organization Focus: International Human Rights Law in Latin America

Position Focus: Nationality, Statelessness, and Migration-related issues in the Americas

Salary: $42,000 pro rata, plus benefits

Starting Date: Immediately

The Center for Justice and International Law (CEJIL) seeks a bilingual (Spanish/English, with Portuguese or French being a plus) attorney possessing academic and/or professional experience related to nationality, statelessness, and migration-related issues in the Americas. The position will be based in Washington, DC and may require some international travel.

Established in 1991 by a group of prominent Latin American human rights defenders, CEJIL is a non-governmental organization whose mission is the promotion and protection of human rights in the Americas through the use of the Inter-American Human Rights System and other international mechanisms of protection. For more information about the organization, please visit its website at

The legal fellow will support CEJIL’s activities aimed at contributing to the implementation of the UNHCR’s Global Action Plan to End Statelessness and the Brazil Plan of Action (to increase protection for refugees, displaced persons, and stateless persons in Latin America), including serving as coordinator of the Americas Network on Nationality and Statelessness (ANA).


  1. Promote public awareness of UNHCR Global Action Pan to End Statelessness (2014-2024) and the Brazil Plan of Action;
  2. Facilitate the communication and promote a better coordination among network members in the Americas;
  3. Provide follow-up on the implementation of the network’s working agenda (2015-2016); complete and disseminate incorporating documents including By Laws and Ten Year Strategic Plan;
  4. Coordinate working groups within the network;
  5. Maintain bilingual website;
  6. Serve as network administrator, including managing membership;
  7. Circulate relevant information via network’s listserv;
  8. Elaborate and disseminate monthly newsletter;
  9. Organize network events, and liaise with other regional networks in Europe, Africa and Asia to promote the sharing of best practices;
  10. Other responsibilities as assigned.


  1. Demonstrate a strong commitment to human rights, in particular the issues of nationality, statelessness, and migration;
  2. Law Degree (Masters preferred but not required);
  3. Ability to write, edit, and communicate fluently in Spanish and English;
  4. Ability to work on own initiative and work with others as part of a team;
  5. Willingness and availability to travel as needed and work in a multicultural environment;
  6. Ability to multi-task.

- No phone calls please - Interested candidates should send by e-mail a cover letter in English, resume and two (2) writing samples (one in English and one in Spanish) no later than January 20th, 2016 to Subject: Position-2016-DC Legal Fellow

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis as they come in. Interested applicants are encouraged to send their applications before the deadline. Only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted. CEJIL assures equal employment opportunities for all qualified persons without discrimination based on any reason.

Legal Intern

ORGANIZATION: International Committee on the Red Cross (ICRC)

Intern – International Humanitarian Law

OBJECTIVE: The Intern in the IHL Department at the Washington Regional Delegation of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) provides research and writing on topics of IHL, other branches of international law, and U.S. law as needed, thus contributing to the thematic and operational priorities of the legal team.

Minimum required knowledge & experience:

  • Basic knowledge of IHL and a related legal field (e.g. National Security or Human Rights Law).
  • Excellent oral and written English skills, good understanding of French an asset
  • Currently pursuing a U.S. J.D. or LLM degree (or JD graduate pursuing another graduate degree)
  • Applicants must be U.S. citizens or legal permanent residents (student work permits are excluded)


Main Responsibilities

Work with the IHL team to provide legal advice to the delegation in Washington, and to the ICRC as a whole on matters of IHL, human rights law, national security law, or other U.S. legal issues.

  1. Research and Writing. Research such topics as scope of application of IHL, detention, conduct of hostilities, cyber/new technology and weapons, and other related topics. Possibility of authoring articles or other short pieces for the ICRC’s U.S. blog (
  2. Monitor Legal Developments Regular monitoring of legal blogs and news coverage to identify significant legal developments of interest to the delegation. In addition to research, the intern will attend conferences and meetings in order to monitor developments on specific legal issues on behalf of the legal team.
  3. Reporting. Regular and timely reporting and analysis on meetings and events attended, as well as a weekly report on any relevant legal developments reported in external sources such as legal blogs. Reports are written for the purpose of ensuring the institution is informed of developments in U.S. policy, as well as to advance its thinking on key issues.

Management and Reporting Line. The IHL Intern reports directly to the IHL Legal Advisor. He/she is expected to collaborate with colleagues throughout the delegation in order to carry out these and other reasonably related duties.

The intern will be expected to work 20 hours a week for 12 weeks between June and August. Starting and ending date are negotiable. This is a paid internship. For information about the position, please contact Andrea Harrison at To apply, please send CV and optional cover letter to Carly Steffes at Applications are due April 1st, 2016.